Watchlist: Ranking every club’s trade targets, Rd 8 & 9

Former 14th placed finisher Michael Fisher ranks every club's priority trade targets for Supercoach Big Bash Round 8 and 9.


Each round this season, I’ll share a list of my trade targets, ranked in order of priority and value.

This season, I’ve separated them by team to assist with trade planning for double game and bye rounds. 

(Note that prices are before this round’s changes)

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Adelaide Strikers 

  1. Matt Short ($318.8k bat/bowl)
  2. Jamie Overton ($190.4k bat/bowl)

Even at $300k+, Matt Short is close to a must have. He plays the first game of the round, so is a standout VC. 

With all teams on the single this round, slotting allrounders into batting slots will be important to avoid the risk of bat only players. Overton fits the mould and has been a revelation this season, averaging 72 points.

Brisbane Heat 

  1. Paul Walter ($195.5k bat / bowl)
  2. Xavier Bartlett ($201.1k bowl)

Nothing too exciting here. Walter and Bartlett continue to deliver. Hopefully, you own at least one. If not, I prefer Walter for his role and with both players at a similar price. 

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Hobart Hurricanes

  1. Ben McDermott ($102.5k wkp/bat)
  2. Nikhil Chaudhary ($113k bat/bowl)
  3. Chris Jordan ($125.4k bat/bowl)
  4. Nathan Ellis ($120k bowl)

Removed: Meredith, Wade, Jewell, Wright

The Hurricanes play the first game of round 8 and the second game of round 9, so are prime emergency loop candidates. 

McDermott could be returning to his 2021-22 form when he averaged 73 SC points. It would be risky to go without him.

Chaudhary continues to improve with bat and ball in his first BBL season. He’s been coming at 6 the last two rounds, ahead of Tim David. It was also encouraging to see him bowl 4 overs against the Strikers. He could be the best emergency loop in the bat slot for round 8. 

Ellis and Jordan are both solid options, with the Hurricanes bowling unit potentially turning a corner in the last round. Jordan is my preferred option, based on his form with the bat this season. 

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Melbourne Renegades

  1. Will Sutherland ($147.8k bat/bowl)
  2. Akeal Hosein ($208.9k bowl)
  3. Fergus O’Neill ($55.9k bowl)
  4. Harry Dixon ($42k bat)

Added: Will Sutherland, Akeal Hosein, Fergus O’Neill, Harry Dixon

Big Chief is another allrounder who could be slotted into a bat spot. His form has been down of late, with a three-round SC average of 26.3, but the role is still there.

Hosein lit up the BBL last season and is priced accordingly. Interestingly, his career bowling strike rate is higher than I expected, at 23 balls per wicket. If the Gades line up the same as last round, he could bat at 7, adding to his appeal.

Fergus O’Neill looked excellent in his T20 debut, claiming 2-25 from his 4 overs. The Renegades play the last game in rounds 8 and 9. At the price, he could be handy cover for any failed emergency loops.

Harry Dixon is a loop option at 42k, with the Renegades playing the last game of rounds 8 and 9. 

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Melbourne Stars

  1. Glenn Maxwell ($230.5k bat/bowl)
  2. Beau Webster (189.8k bat/bowl)

Added: Beau Webster

Maxy is still on fire and is a prime captaincy option with the Stars playing the last game of round 8.

Webster bowled 3 overs last game, with the Stars opting for a bat-heavy line-up and big Beau playing a similar role to his 4 wickets\ and half-century performance earlier in the season. If they opt for a similar team balance in round 8/9, he’s worth a look. 

Perth Scorchers 

  1. Aaron Hardie ($205.2k bat/bowl)

Removed: Tye, Richardson, Behrendorff, Morris, Crawley, Connolly, Agar, Evans

Most coaches are probably loaded with Scorchers already. That being the case, I probably wouldn’t be looking to add any more. 

Hardie is one to watch in the final game of round 7 and when team lists are named for round 8. He opened the bowling against the Thunder but only ended up bowling 2 overs. 

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Sydney Sixers

  1. Tom Curran ($179.1k bat/bowl)
  2. Steve Smith ($275.6k bat)

Added: Curran, Abbott, Smith

Curran’s role still looks elite. He hasn’t found form following his ban but could still be worth a punt.

Steve Smith could be a huge POD play for the one game against the Thunder. He averaged 123 SC points from 4 games last season and is a captaincy candidate, albeit risky as a bat only.

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Sydney Thunder 

  1. Daniel Sams ($224.3k bat/bowl)
  2. David Warner ($125k bat)
  3. Cameron Bancroft ($153.6k wkp/bat)
  4. Tanveer Sangha ($102.5k bowl)
  5. Alex Hales ($119.7k bat)
  6. Nathan Mcandrew ($108.6k bowl)
  7. Chris Green ($160.1k bowl)
  8. Tom Kohler-Cadmore ($100.7k wkp/bat)

Added: Sams, Warner, Bancroft, Sangha, Hales, Mcandrew, Green, Kohler-Cadmore

Plenty of options at the Thunder leading into their double. 

Sams is still the must-have from the Thunder, even though he has dropped to 7 in the batting order, unfortunately.

Warner is hard to pass up at $125k, even though he didn’t do much in a few BBL performances last season. He averages nearly 40 with the bat, striking at 140, across his T20 career. 

If Bancroft doesn’t claim Warner’s Test spot, he looks like the best wicketkeeper option for the Thunder double. His form has waned somewhat, but I still expect him to be a steady and consistent option. He’s averaging 48 SC points this season and averaged 51 last season. 

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I feel Tanveer Sangha has been unlucky this season. He rarely goes for runs and just needs a few wickets to bump up his SC score. I like him at the price. 

I also like Hales, who came into form last round. It could be a question of how many of the Thunder top order you want for their double. I’d be happy to take their top 3 (likely Warner, Hales and Bancroft, according to our team line-up’s expert Maxy Bryden).  

Mcandrew and Green are both capable bowling allrounders. Mcandrew has been bowling 4 overs more regularly, including some death. I prefer him to Green at the price. 

Kohler-Cadmore is another value option, but could move from 3 to 4 in the batting order to accommodate Warner. If you can afford Hales, Warner and Bancroft, I’d prefer that combo. 

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